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The state of North Carolina has had its fair share of famous public figures, entertainers, and athletes.
But perhaps none is better-known throughout the world than William Franklin Graham, Jr.
The Rev. Billy Graham was recently honored as North Carolina's first official "Favorite Son" in a unanimous resolution passed by both the House and the Senate.
Rev. Graham and his late wife and partner in ministry, Ruth Bell Graham, were saluted for their years of service and dedication to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people around the world.
Over the course of 70-plus years, Rev. Graham has preached live to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories…and has reached an estimated 2.2 billion people through television and technology.
He has counseled twelve Presidents and multiple world leaders… and has been listed as one of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World an incredible 56 times.
So, "WHEREAS, Reverend Billy Graham has helped guide our nation spiritually for generations; his leadership, compassion, and faith in mankind has inspired and enriched the lives of many, and the state of North Carolina is proud that he calls our state his home;"
Therefore, we are proud to join the Legislature, the Governor, and citizens across the state in saluting our Favorite Son,
Reverend Billy Graham.
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